Blanca ligia correa (mother) and Juan antonio herrera(father) married and had fourteen children. The couple were then later assigned to work and live at the Postosi farm. In 1945 Juan Antonio decided to introduce three different varieties to the existing Typica, and that is how he started a crop of Yellow Bourbon, Red Bourbon and Caturra. In 1945, Café Granja La Esperanza was born.
Over the upcoming years, there weren’t major changes in their way of life, besides of raising a big family which was the Colombian tradition in those days. Following this and the lack of labor, the children had to help by doing farm work. After many years of hard work, the farm was very productive regardless of the changes in the country and in the international coffee market. Two of the eleven kids, Rigoberto and Luis, showed special interest in coffee production and processing. They decided to give a new direction to this product, changing the crops to organic in the late 90’s. Besides Potosí, another farm in the Trujillo region was acquired to enlarge the organic production, La Esperanza farm. In the year 2007 Don Rigoberto had the chance to lease and manage a coffee farm in the region of Boquete in Panama, called “La Carleida”, and a year later obtained first place in the “Best coffee of Panama”, organized by the Specialty Coffee Association of Panama. At this point he decided to bring some of the Geisha seeds to Colombia, starting a new era in the history of Granja La Esperanza.
Tres Dragones gets its name from three furnaces that are used to generate the heat for drying the coffees on the Potosi farm. Located in Caicedonia and comprising of 52 hectares, 34 hectares goes in to producing the Colombia variety that this lot is comprised of.
They produce a few lots here; Tres Dragones, Sidra, Tabi, Burila, and the main contributor to Sweet Valley. This is the original farm, and has produced some of the most exciting lots for us over the last few seasons.
The Colombia varietal is a commonly found hybrid between Hybrid-de-Timor and Caturra, great for rust resistance and with a high yield potential. When picked, the coffee is fermented for 19-22 hours before pulping and fermented again an additional 35 hours. Transported to a silo and left to dry 48 hours before finally being taken to the solar driers where it will rest for around 15 days.
Origin | Colombia
Producer | Cafe Granja La Esperanza
Process | Natural
Altitude 1400 – 1860m
Harvest | April – June | November – December
Varietal | Colombia